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July 31, 2008 1:32 PM

July questions, take seven

Posted by Bob Condotta

A few more:

Q: Can you give a realistic perspective on who will be the center --- Matt Sedillo or Ryan Tolar --- and strengths and weaknesses of each?

A: With the increasing possibility that Juan Garcia may be available for much of the season --- though I caution that there's still no certainties on that front --- I would think the best guess is that Matt Sedillo will start camp as the starting center and then they'll evaluate how that is working. That would allow the rest of the line to stay intact, causing as little disruption as possible. Other than Garcia, Sedillo is the most experienced center (obviously, I'm talking mostly about practice here as he has seen little action in games). Tolar apparently played little center in high school and hasn't done much of it at UW. What might allow a move of Tolar to center is the progression of Jordan White-Frisbee at the other guard. However, it might be better for UW is Sedillo can handle the center duties while Garcia is out so that JWF can rotate in at guard, giving UW some depth there and keeping players fresher than in past years, when the Huskies have rarely been able to sub much. Sedillo's strength is obviously that he has played a lot of center and knows the position well. Tolar looks like a future all-conference player, but he hasn't played much at center. And don't overlook the presence of walk-on Greg Christine, who was a recruited walk-on to UW and has spent two years learning the position at UW.

Q: Who are the true freshmen with the most likelihood of being in the two deep
roster this season?

A: The most obvious candidates are the three who were there in the spring --- WR/RB Chris Polk and WRs Anthony Boyles and Devin Aguilar. I think each can pretty much be penciled into playing situations this season due to the lack of depth at their positions and that they are already ahead of the game in learning. Of true frosh coming in this fall, I think WRs Jermaine Kearse and Cody Bruns have very good chances of playing immediately, due in part also to depth questions there. Given the depth at RB, I think one or two of the RBs coming in has a chance, as well. But until they arrive, I think it's pretty hard to pick between any of them. I don't think any of the incoming OLs will play. TE is another position where depth could be an issue, which also could open the door for Kavario Middleton to play a lot immediately, though I would figure it would be more as a receiver early on than in blocking situations. Defensively, we've talked a lot about the DL depth issues, and I think one or two of the frosh coming in could play immediately. Craig Noble was probably the most likely but it sounds as if he won't be around for most, if not all, of camp, which would put a big dent in those plans. The most likely of the others is probably Alameda Ta'amu, whose listed weight of 348 gives him a size dimension that could prove valuable immediately. UW doesn't have needs as urgent at LB or DB, so frosh at those spots are more likely to earn immediate playing time via special teams. Most likely candidates figure to be LB Kurt Mangum (who was also here in the spring) and Adam Long, who may be the fastest player in the class.

Q: What are the ramifications if LeGarrette Blount gets injured/ineligible? Who are his backups? Do they have any experience? I have to think that would have a significant impact on this game (as well as Oregon's season), given the inexperience of Oregon's quarterbacks.

A: Yeah, another crowd-pleasing LeGarrette Blount question!! In all seriousness, one reason a lot of observers like the Ducks is their depth at this spot. Blount actually is likely to enter fall camp as the backup at RB to senior Jeremiah Johnson, who averaged 6.4 yards per carry last season before suffering a knee injury in the sixth game against Washington State. Johnson is said to be fully recovered. He had 644 yards and 10 TDs in 2006, so he has a lot of experience. And third on the depth chart is Andre Crenshaw, who ran for more than 100 yards against UW last year. So Oregon has more than just Blount lurking in its backfield, all of which figures to make for a stern test for UW's defense Aug. 30.

Q: Any talk of scheduling a "Home and Home" series with one or two of the better teams from the Big-East or ACC in the future?

A: UW is always on the lookout for good games, but I haven't heard of anything specific with teams from those two conferences. Remember, UW does have a current deal with Syracuse, which included last year's game and a return trip by the Orange on Sept. 11, 2010.

Q: Have you heard if we may get to see a "Power" running formation with Paul Homer (FB) and Luke Kravitz (RB) in a two TE set? Old-fashioned "Smash-Mouth" football?

A: That's not something we've really ever seen so I wouldn't anticipate ever seeing a whole lot of that, if any at all. There was a lot of talk they would be used more heading into last season and they were, getting 39 carries combined, about three a game. They might get a few more this year as they rank as two of the more experienced ball carriers on the team now. But I wouldn't anticipate either would ever be a primary threat.

All for now.

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